Trophy - Styles and Influences
Florence; mid-16th c.
Among the Greeks and Romans a trophy represented captured weapons which were hung, in a certain arrangement, on a tree or a pillar in the battlefield immediately after the battle, or kept in a temple. As a decorative motif it had already appeared in Greece, and it was also common on Roman monuments. It was rarely used during the Renaissance period, but it was rediscovered in the Baroque. This extremely interesting piece was probably part of a larger composition, or the decorative top of a flag.